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Following Searle on TwitterHow Words Create Digital Institutions$
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Adam Hodgkin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226438214

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226438351.001.0001

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A Natural History of Digital Institutions

A Natural History of Digital Institutions

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Following Searle on Twitter

Adam Hodgkin

University of Chicago Press

This chapter reviews aspects of the work of the evolutionary anthropologist Michael Tomasello, and it is suggested that the novel social engagement that flows from our use of social media and digital language has some clear parallels to the engagement that must have arisen in the early human use of language and equally in the learning activity of contemporary children. A theory of digital institutions that follows the Searle and Tomasello model will be grounded in anthropology and evolutionary biology. The chapter reviews and contrasts the views of Searle and Tomasello in relation to intentionality, Tomasello’s three stage model of individual, joint and collective intentionality is useful and some comparisons are drawn between Searle’s notion of the ‘background’ to intentional action and language use and Tomasello’s related but distinct notion of ‘common ground’.

Keywords:   Michael Tomasello, individual intentionality, joint intentionality, collective intentionality, background, common ground

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